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Kid's activity the latest health craze video

Aaron Burr at Thrive Pilates in Wellington, teaching Anna Cochrane a handstand as a form of balance and exercise.

"When you can hold one for a while, you start to realise how different everything looks. A handstand is a physical meditation."

Seven habits of fit people

Once you develop a regular routine, it's easier to go on automatic pilot.

Here's the glue to making an exercise habit stick it may be just the glue we need.

Make a resolution that lasts

Joining the electric bike revolution will help you meet your health and wellbeing, financial and green goals for the year.

Save time, money, the planet and have some fun along the way.

Put a frame on it

Bored of framing art? Why not frame letters, flowers or your wedding dress instead.

Your grandma's gloves. The cute letter from your kid. Framing your treasures makes them art.

'You left me where?'

Before (inset) and after: Little Miss Happy Feet, 8 weeks, was saved from being made into compost on Thursday and ...

Kitten in Timaru survives being put in bin, emptied in rubbish truck and regurgitated at the dump.

The birth of the 'retirement baby'

Are 'retirement babies' the logical progression from a generation of exhausted career women?

Will 'post-profession' children become the new normal?

Hart represents real women

Jessica Hart wants to represent real women in a new campaign.

Australian model Jessica Hart starts a new campaign to embrace the "hidden characters" of women.

Unlucky things in your home

An empty rocking chair invites in bad spirits.

Superstitious? You'll want to get rid of the cactus and the rocking chair.

Running to help others

Hannah Curtis runs along Orewa Beach to prepare for Round the Bays.

"Mum has won her battle, but others are still fighting. I hope people support me in my efforts."

Tetraplegic teen jockey wants more

Nineteen-year-old tetraplegic Sophia Malthus has been at the Auckland Spinal Unit in Otara since December.

Flung from a racehorse, she broke her neck. But at 19, she's not ready to accept life in a wheelchair yet.

'Keep moving, don't quit'

Beverly Petersen, who is fighting cancer, has always made seasonal wreaths but now has started selling them to offset ...

She's 70 with cancer, and her husband has had 7 strokes. So she's taken on two jobs to pay their bills.

The woman allergic to her husband

Johanna and Scot Watkins - together even though they are apart.

Scott Watkins loves his wife Johanna. But the only way he can keep her safe is to never go near her.

Wairarapa's magnificent flying machines

The S.E.5 sits at the ready.

For lovers of old planes, the Vintage Aviator collection is the pinnacle.

Live from Paris: Day 4 gallery

night in Paris, France, November 28, 2016. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

We report on the latest decor trends, direct from Maison et Objet

Rent entire island for a night

Its total privacy is what makes Bird Island so special.

Bad weather, Trump mania and January blues are enough to send you running to this private paradise.

House in a hole gallery

Reservoir house in Sidmouth, England for sale through Bradleys Estate Agents 23.1.17

Would you want to live in a hole in the ground? This reservoir conversion will set you back $1.54 million.

Why are some people messy?

Messy? That doesn't mean you're lazy.

Not naturally tidy? Here's how to get that clutter under control.

5 reasons to embrace the summer rain

Make like a duck and embrace the wet weather.

Make like a duck and embrace the wet weather.

The fairy tree that Dad built

Rob Adams built his daughter a fairytale bedroom, complete with an enchanted reading nook.

Six-year-old Lia said she wanted a fairy tree in her room. 18 months later, her father delivered.

Maggie, the $24,000 stray dog

The couple aren't sure what breed Maggie is but guess she is some sort of cross between a Corgi and Golden Retriever.

Maggie was starving when these Kiwis adopted her in Mexico. But it will take six months and $24k for them to bring her home to NZ.

Sleeper train revived as hostel

The once-popular Hokutosei sleeper train was revived as a hostel in the Nihonbashi Bakurocho area of central Tokyo.

It once took people on a 1200km journey across Japan, now the sleeping cars are being used as bunk beds.

Melania's style: Then & now gallery

The new first lady has some fashion hits and misses in her past.

Take a look at the first lady's style evolution from bling and bandage dresses to sleek and chic.

Top Te Aroha fish 'n' chips

Gurnard and chips from the X-ING Cafe and Takeaways. Katrina Tanirau says the serving was enough for two people.

Life's too short to eat bad food according to Te Aroha's X-ING Cafe and Takeaways owner Lyn Madoc.

You'd rather be soaking here...

An envy inducing bath shared by Star Fly Turismo, gaze over the secluded waters fringed by tropical rainforest at Ponta ...

From Instagram, a gallery of envy-inducing bathrooms

Taking the diet out of 'diet' books

Some experts think the problem with popular diets or the latest exercise regimen is they don't consider the long term.

Diets are ineffective long-term, but some experts are focusing on a new method to maintain a healthy weight.

Home library a must-have?

Will a library clinch the deal? This new residential development in Melbourne's Docklands, 888 Collins, has a communal ...

Back to books - first a gym and a pool, and now a library is the latest luxury apartment amenity.

2017 hair inspiration gallery

This look is one of our top picks for 2017.

If you're feeling like a change, check out our favourite looks from Instagram.

When tanning was a competitive sport

In 1975 the girls most envied at school were the dusky beauties who coloured smooth and even and deep brown.

OPINION: In 1975 it was all about the tan, and I took to this tanning business like a lizard to a hot patch of rock.

A plea for fenced playgrounds

Some children are "runners" and dart off whenever they have a chance.

OPINION: Why is there no regulation for public playgrounds to be fenced off?

5 things nurses are really good at

Don't be worried if you see a nurse over a doctor, they can be the right person for the job.

Don't worry if you see a nurse instead of a doctor, there are some things they actually do better.

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